|Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic|
Visit to Carol Cassidy’s workshop and the central market. Meet someone unique and with an unforgettable story to tell. Her name is Carol Cassidy. She has single-handedly revived the fine art of Laotian silk weaving. Cassidy, a native of Connecticut, saw a dying art on a trip she took to Vientiane as a UN worker in 1989. Old techniques were fading fast, Laotian mothers no longer passed their skills on to their daughters. Today, Cassidy runs a successful business that employs 32 weavers, and 3,000 farmers supply them with silk from their mulberry trees. Each museum-quality piece of hand-loomed silk is a work of art, each one unique. The finished products are sold to New York designers, to London art collectors, to Danish royalty and to Hollywood’s A-list. Proceed to the central market where all kinds of local handicrafts can be found, such as silver and gold ware, wood carvings, cotton and silk products.